Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 055321232X

ISBN-13: 9780553212327

Edition: 1962

Authors: Jonathan Swift, Miriam Kosh Starkman

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Considered one of English literature’s first and greatest satirists, Jonathan Swift possessed a timeless genius for pointing out the foibles of human nature that still has the power to provoke, amuse, and, at times, even outrage our modern sensibilities. This representative collection of Swift’s major writings includes the complete Gulliver’s Travels as well as A Tale of a Tub, “The Battle of the Books,” “A Modest Proposal,” “An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity,” “The Bickerstaff Papers,” and many more of his brilliantly satirical works. Here too are selections from Swift’s poetry and portions of his Journal to Stella. Swift’s savage ridicule, corrosive wit, and sparkling humor are fully displayed in this comprehensive collection.
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List price: $5.95
Copyright year: 1962
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Apparently doomed to an obscure Anglican parsonage in Laracor, Ireland, even after he had written his anonymous masterpiece, A Tale of a Tub (c.1696), Swift turned a political mission to England from the Irish Protestant clergy into an avenue to prominence as the chief propagandist for the Tory government. His exhilaration at achieving importance in his forties appears engagingly in his Journal to Stella (1710--13), addressed to Esther Johnson, a young protegee for whom Swift felt more warmth than for anyone else in his long life. At the death of Queen Anne and the fall of the Tories in 1714, Swift became dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. In Ireland, which he considered exile from a life of power and intellectual activity in London, Swift found time to defend his oppressed compatriots, sometimes in such contraband essays as his Drapier's Letters (1724), and sometimes in such short mordant pieces as the famous A Modest Proposal (1729); and there he wrote perhaps the greatest work of his time, Gulliver's Travels (1726). Using his characteristic device of the persona (a developed and sometimes satirized narrator, such as the anonymous hack writer of A Tale of a Tub or Isaac Bickerstaff in Predictions for the Ensuing Year, who exposes an astrologer), Swift created the hero Gulliver, who in the first instance stands for the bluff, decent, average Englishman and in the second, humanity in general. Gulliver is a full and powerful vision of a human being in a world in which violent passions, intellectual pride, and external chaos can degrade him or her---to animalism, in Swift's most horrifying images---but in which humans do have scope to act, guided by the Classical-Christian tradition. Gulliver's Travels has been an immensely successful children's book (although Swift did not care much for children), so widely popular through the world for its imagination, wit, fun, freshness, vigor, and narrative skill that its hero is in many languages a common proper noun. Perhaps as a consequence, its meaning has been the subject of continuing dispute, and its author has been called everything from sentimental to mad. Swift died in Dublin and was buried next to his beloved "Stella."

About This Series Gulliver's Travels: Colonial Modernity Satirized
A Note on the Texts
Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings Gulliver's Travels
A Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manufacture
The Drapier's First Letter to the Shopkeepers, Tradesmen, Farmers, and Coommon People of Ireland Letter
To the Whole People of Ireland
A Short View of the State of Ireland
A Modest Proposal Swift's Poems "
An Excellent New Song on a Seditious Pamphlet" "
The Bubble" "Prometheus" "Whitshed's Motto on His Coach" "Holyhead
September 25, 1727" "Irel[an]d" "
The Dean to Himself on St. Cecilia's Day" "
A Libel on D[r.] D[elaney] and a Certain Great Lord" "Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D." Correspondence Swift to Charles Ford, "
Declaratory Act and South Sea Bubble," 4 April 1720
Swift to Sir Thomas Hanmer, "Printer Prosecuted," 1 October 1720
Swift to Alexander Pope, "
Political Principles," 10 January 1721
Swift to Charles Ford, "Printer Prosecuted," 15 April 1721
Swift to Alexander Pope, 'Security of Mind," 20 September 1723
Swift to Charles Ford, "The Name of a Drapier," 2 April 1724
Swift to the Earl of Oxford, "Important to Themselves," 27 November 1724
Swift to Charles Ford, "Teased at Whitehal," 11 March 17241725
Swift to Lord Carteret, "Patronage," 3 July 1725
Swift to Alexander Pope, "Vexing the World," 29 September 1725
Swift to Alexander Pope, "It Is Vous Autres," 26 November 1725
Swift to the Earl of Peterborough, "Meeting with Walpole," 28 April 1726
Swift to Mrs. Howard, "Wearing Irish Wool," October 1726
Swift to Mrs. Howard, "Mercenary Yahoo," 27 November 1726
Swift to Alexander Pope, "Improbable Lies," 27 November 1726
Swift to Esther Johnson, "'The Prince of Lilliput' to 'Stella,'" 11 March 17261727
Swift to John Wheldon, "Longitude," 27 September 1727
Swift to Alexander Pope, "Stranger in a Strange Land," 11 August 1729
Swift to Alexander Pope, "Dublin's Anti-Catholicism," 2 May 1730
Swift to the Countess of Suffolk, "A Dose to the Dead," 26 October 1731
Swift to Mary Pendarves [Delany], "Sociable Evenings," 6 August 1733
Eighteenth-Century Contexts
From Voyages and Descriptions and A New Voyage Round the World
From The Political Anatomy of Ireland
Reasons Humbly offer'd to both Houses of Parliament
For a Law to Enact the Castration, or Gelding of Popish Ecclesiastics, in This Kingdom, as the best way to Prevent the Growth of Popery
The Declaratory Act III. Criticis
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